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#ENGvNZ | England book place in WT20 final with 7-wicket win over NZ

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:06 IST

If there was a way to book your place in the final of a major ICC world event, England showed the packed Feroz Shah Kotla crowd how to do it as they registered a comprehensive seven-wicket win over tournament favourites New Zealand.

England made the target of 154 against the best team in the tournament look like it was too easy; opener Jason Roy went about dispatching the ball to all parts of the field from the first over.

New Zealand were never in the contest from the get-go in the second innings, as they were batted out by the openers Roy and Hales in the first five overs itself. Hales played the part of holding up one end while Roy cut loose, as both batsmen ended their innings with scores of 20 and 78 respectively.

The only worry for England while going into the final would be the form of their captain Eoin Morgan, who was out for a first-ball duck.

But Joe Root and Jos Buttler were there to finish off the job in the end, the latter dispatching the ball into the stands for a six to seal the win with 17 balls still remaining in the innings.

England would fancy their chances of winning the tournament after winning the semi-final, playing the winner of the other big semi-final between West Indies and India at Mumbai tomorrow.

First published: 30 March 2016, 10:37 IST